The Bracken column


The Bracken column is named after Brendan Bracken, the founding editor of The Banker in 1926 and chairman of the modern-day Financial Times from 1945 to 1958.

Latest articles from Bracken

Working towards a new contract between banks and society

July 27, 2015

The International Chamber of Commerce's banking commission is working to maintain a dialogue between banks, clients and regulators on keeping credit flowing to the real economy.

Does psychometrics have a future in financial inclusion?

July 1, 2015

Psychometric testing could help boost financial inclusion by providing an alternative method of predicting the willingness to repay among borrowers with no credit history, according to Daniel Schydlowsky of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

Conduct enforcement: don’t shoot the messenger

May 26, 2015

A tougher regulatory approach to individual responsibility for anti-money laundering controls could put compliance professionals in a difficult dilemma if they do not have the support of their senior executives.


Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China’s superpower vehicle or a harmonious Asian programme?

April 27, 2015

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has the potential to reallocate both Chinese and Western savings into projects that will boost the global economy and satisfy China's aspirations for a leadership role.

The day conduct risk came knocking

March 20, 2015

An enhanced regulatory discipline recalibrated almost two years ago, conduct risk has served as a point of confusion for firms due to the lack of prescriptive guidelines provided by the regulator. However, this is no excuse for ignoring the issue.

How secondments could improve regulation

February 23, 2015

Secondments would provide regulators with greater expertise, but potential conflicts of interest must be carefully handled.


Why better models do not always lead to better decisions

January 26, 2015

Executives who live with uncertainty should resist the fallacy of arithmetic precision when making investment decisions, says Georgios Samakovitis of the University of Greenwich.

Alternatives to project finance in Africa

January 5, 2015

Financing an infrastructure project in Africa is not for the faint-hearted, but the continent is looking for alternative ways to fill the shortfall of funding available from global banks, writes Musonda Chibwe Kapotwe of Citigroup.

A way to reduce the margining burden of derivatives clearing

November 24, 2014

The netting of swap payments against variation margin would reduce liquidity requirements in cleared transactions, according to clearing house risk expert Stephen Elliott.

The right focus will bring the right risk culture

October 27, 2014

Banks all over the world – many of them hit recently by fines for a multitude of reason concerning poor governance – are looking to change the culture within their organisations when it comes to risk. Without the right focus, however, only marginal improvements will be made.

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